Carole Landis–RIP


Above, the Carole Landis crime scene photo as it was published in The Times, July 6, 1948.

Dropcap_o_bonnieclyde nce again, here are our two detectives, John Laymen and Emmett Jones, looking at poor old Carole Landis on the bathroom floor. I have to admit I’m a little disappointed that nobody mentioned what I find to be the most interesting detail in this photo.

Dropcap_b_bonnieclyde elow, let’s get a closer look. Sure enough, there’s a set of keys hanging from the door of the cabinet where she’s lying. I can’t claim to be an expert on fancy Los Angeles homes of the 1940s (a shout-out to Nathan Marsak), but I have never encountered a bathroom that had a cabinet that locked with a key (perhaps I have led a sheltered life). I suppose there are several reasons for having one.

One possibility is that it was an early attempt at baby-proofing; Lord knows the old newspapers are full of stories about children poisoning themselves with ant paste or their parents’ medicine.

Dropcap_w_bonnieclyde_2hatever the reason, I’m beginning to suspect that Landis was using this locking cabinet as some sort of home safe. The inventory of her estate listed quite a bit of jewelry and the fact that she was found resting her head on a jewelry box makes much more sense if she kept her valuables in this cabinet.

Wouldn’t it be fun to look in the cabinet? Maybe we can.
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